Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City Welcome to bustling Ho Chi Minh City, one of Vietnam's most thriving cities.
There are no activities planned, but there will be a scheduled group meeting in the evening around 6pm. After the meeting, opt to head out for an optional dinner to get to know the CEO and fellow group members.
Until the meeting, enjoy free time to relax and explore the city. Why not take the chance to visit Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas, Ben Than Market, Reunification Palace or the War Remnants Museum?
Please check at the reception desk or look for a G Adventures notice board with details of the actual meeting time. At this meeting the CEO will ask to see your travel insurance, double check your Vietnam visa, and complete some other paper work. Please note that most nationalities require a visa to enter Vietnam. Please double check this with your travel agent or local Vietnamese Embassy.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City/Bến Tre (1B) In the morning, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the Vietnam-American War. The Cu Chi Tunnels are a complex network of tunnels that Viet Cong forces lived in to protect themselves from the opposing forces. They stored ammunition, had underground hospitals and served as a hidden base to attack the allied forces. If you are not claustrophobic, you may want to crawl through some of the tunnel network to get a feel for what it must have been like during the war.
Approximate cycling distance: 25km (15 mi)
Củ Chi Cycling
Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour
Load up the support vehicle with bikes in the morning and head out towards Cu Chi.
Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
Drive from Cu Chi into the Mekong Delta.
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours)
Take the ferry across the Mekong to Ben Tre.
Day 3 Bến Tre/Trà Ôn (1B, 1D) Start the day by exploring the breakfast options at both the hotel and the local market.Then take a boat ride to explore the surrounding area. There are a number of islands situated in the river which are sometimes not connected to the mainland other than by a small ferry. It's then time for some cycling.
Take an easy, flat ride through the shady canal paths and back roads, stopping along the way to try the fresh fruit and to have a tasty lunch. In the late afternoon, arrive at the home of our hosts. Enjoy some time to relax and, perhaps, help a little with dinner.
Cycling Bến Tre to Trà Ôn
Boat (1.00-2.00 hours)
Day 4 Trà Ôn/Châu Đốc (1B) Upon waking, you will be wishing your time in the Delta won't end, but there is still time to see the floating markets for which this area has become quite well known. As most people will head to the chaotic main market near Can Tho, the hosts will take us to a real, local floating market where vegetables are tossed from craft to craft and a little coffee vendor boat bounces in and out of the gaps, serving strong iced coffee to both vendors and customers.
After taking some time to experience this explosion of colour and activity, return to the mainland. Take to the bikes again to explore some more of those lovely canal paths where the only traffic is an occasional motor scooter or pedestrian. End up with an hour transfer to the hotel in Chau Doc city.
Floating Market Visit
Cycling Trà Ôn to Chau Doc
Drive from Long Xuyen to Chau Doc.
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 60km)
Day 5 Châu Đốc/Phnom Penh (1B) Our Cambodian driver welcomes the group on the Cambodian side and takes us to Phnom Penh. Visit the Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre on the way back to Phnom Penh. Learn about one of the darkest points in the history of Cambodia during the Khmer Rough Regime. Arrive in Phnom Penh early in the afternoon.
Phnom Penh has had a turbulent history. When the French colonialists arrived, it was little more than a collection of wooden shacks by the river, but they soon changed that and in doing so created what was once considered a very beautiful city. When the Khmer Rouge evacuated the city in 1975, they started it on its way to decay and decline, a theme that had carried through until only fairly recently when the country's economic development accelerated rapidly.
Border Crossing (Vietnam - Cambodia)
Drive from Chau Doc across the border into Cambodia and on to Phnom Penh.
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 140km)
Day 6 Phnom Penh (1B) Cycle the Oudong Trail, starting along railway tracks before passing through the countryside to Oudong Mountain.
Oudong Trail Cycling
Return to Phnom Penh from Oudong Mountain.
Private Vehicle (0.75-1.00 hours, 45km)
Day 7 Phnom Penh/Siem Reap (1B) Enjoy this highlight ride and gain a unique perspective of Phnom Penh and its surrounds.
Shared van (6.00 hour(s), 320km)
Day 8 Siem Reap (1B) As first light dawns and the roosters begin to crow, the day begins at the most important religious monument in the country, looking at the triple towers of Angkor Wat across a reflecting pool. After the sun rises as a giant orange ball behind the towers, the crowds will thin out as most people return to bed. Instead, make use of the cool temperatures and soft morning light to explore Angkor Wat. Monkeys and a handful of other travellers are the only others at the site. A delicious breakfast spread awaits just a short pedal away. After filling up, continue to explore the iconic Angkor temples and some hidden treasures of the Angkor area. Ride through some lovely back trails and even ride atop the wall of Angkor Thom, overlooking the moat on the way back to Siem Reap.
Angkor Wat Guided Tour
Angkor Wat Cycling
Day 9 Siem Reap (1B) Bike to Tonle Sap Lake, visit the floating communities who make their home here and observe some of the birdlife before returning to Siem Reap.
Cycling in Tonlé Sap Lake
Day 10 Siem Reap (1B) Depart at any time.